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L.A. Clippers: 5 Toughest Challengers in the Western Conference
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We’ve reached the halfway point in this NBA season, and so far, the L.A. Clippers are where most of us expected them to be—battling the L.A. Lakers atop the Pacific division while Chris Paul and Blake Griffin turn the Staples Center into a high-flying circus act.
Let me tell you that it’s been a lot of fun being at the stadium during home games this year with Griffin and DeAndre Jordan assaulting the rim on a nightly basis.
All those highlights are nice, but at the end of the day this team is going to be judged the same way all the others are—by wins and losses.
The Clippers have clearly established themselves as contenders in the West. They head into the All-Star break with a record of 20-11, which would give them the No. 3 seed in the conference if the season ended today.
Let’s take a look at the top five teams that would provide the biggest obstacle in the playoffs as the Clippers try to make their way to the finals to face LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

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